The Dilbert Principle and Mark Twain – All you need is Confidence

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure – Mark Twain

That’s how the morons in life get hired. The previous post, called to mind anecdote about Mark Twain which I came across once upon a time. I can’t remember where I got this from, though I am fairly certain it was the great man. Continue reading

The Dilbert Principle – So how do they get Hired?

Photo by Fernando de Sousa on Flickr

Photo by Fernando de Sousa on Flickr

To my mind, the Dilbert Principle, if taken to its logical conclusion, suggests that all you have to do to succeed in life, is to be a duffer. Duffers get promoted, those with talent get left behind. Duffers get paid more, experts paid less.

And of course, I’ve seen this happen, both in my own experience and from those of others. Continue reading

Peter and Dilbert – the Triumph of Incompetence

St Stupid's Day Parade by Scott Beale on Flickr

St Stupid’s Day Parade by Scott Beale on Flickr

I mentioned the Peter Principle in a previous post, being the idea that in any organisation, people rise to the level of their own incompetence.

This got me thinking a bit and so I actually looked up the phrase in Wikipedia

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CS Lewis and the Peter Principle

 

Narnia by Steve on Flickr

Narnia by Steve on Flickr

We’re all familiar with the Peter Principle – the idea that in any organisation, people rise to the level of their own incompetence. Which explains why there are so many bad bosses around.

What I find so remarkable about this, is, not only the fact that this has been around for yonks, but we can also found it in children’s books!

I remember growing up with the Narnia stories. You probably know the one about a lot of children who can enter a magical world inhabited by mythical creatures who can talk just as humans do, where they have adventures with wicked witches and sorcerers. Continue reading